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Adams, John (1735-1826) to Benjamin Rush

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00748 Author/Creator: Adams, John (1735-1826) Place Written: Braintree Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 19 September 1779 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Adams had returned from France, and comments upon the importance of having an American in Paris "who knows somewhat of the affairs of America, as well as Europe...." re: fight for independence and French negotiations.

People: Adams, John, 1735-1826.
Rush, Benjamin, 1746-1813.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: President, Revolutionary War, France, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Diplomacy, Military History, Navy, Caribbean, Commerce, Vice President

Sub Era: The War for Independence